FirstMerit and Huntington Bancshares have announced that each company's shareholders have approved the proposed merger of FirstMerit into Huntington during special meetings held in Akron by FirstMerit and in Columbus by Huntington.

Huntington chairman, president and CEO Stephen D. Steinour said: "Today marks an important milestone as we continue to proceed smoothly with the merger process of combining Huntington and FirstMerit.

"I am delighted that Huntington shareholders reacted positively to the opportunity that this partnership creates for the future combined company, and am looking forward to FirstMerit shareholders becoming Huntington shareholders when the merger is complete."

FirstMerit chairman, president and CEO Paul G. Greig said: "We are pleased that our shareholders overwhelmingly support the merger with Huntington and what it means for the markets we serve.

"I look forward to working with Huntington as our two companies combine the best of both organizations to create a stronger, market-leading regional bank for our customers and employees."

Huntington and FirstMerit currently anticipate completing the merger within the third quarter following receipt of regulatory approval and satisfaction of customary closing conditions.